Vladimir Putin finds much to celebrate about Russia’s role in Syria truce

February 26, 2016 12:10 AM

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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin was in a cheerful mood this week when he told his nation that he had just sealed a deal with President Obama on a limited truce in Syria going into effect midnight Friday.

The Russian leader loves to be in just that position, those who know him say. He was shaping world events, bargaining as an equal with the United States, in precisely the role he envisions for his nation.

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